by Richard Cawte
If, like me, you have to travel frequently to far flung destinations then it is wise to do a parasite cleanse ever so often as a precaution, even if you have no symptoms.
Parents will also be aware that children frequently pick up parasites such as tapeworms. There are many over-the-counter pharmaceutical remedies that are extremely effective, but there are also natural remedies.
Here is a simple protocol I follow to keep harmful parasites at bay. I’m not advocating it as a fix for anyone else, but it works for me!
Please note this protocol is for adults. To do this for children then you would need to check dosage with your health care professional.
- Tincture of black walnut hull
- Wormwood capsules (200-300mg each)
- Clove capsules (500 mg each)
- L-Ornithine capsules (500 mg each) (optional)
The Wormwood and Walnut tincture are for killing live parasites. Clove Capsules are for killing incubating eggs. L-Ornithine is a back up if sleep is hard to come by.
I begin the parasite cleanse around the full moon, when parasites are most active. I always take the capsules and walnut tincture 30 minutes before meals or on an empty stomach. My preference is to order wormwood capsules that include wormseed.
Here’s my regime:
Week 1: Add 30 drops of the black walnut hull tincture to a glass of water (I personally like the flavour of the black walnut, but it you don’t, try mixing it with some apple juice). Drink with one capsule each wormwood and cloves. Dosage: 3 times per day.
Week 2: Maintain the black walnut hull consumption as in Week 1. Increase the wormwood and clove dosage to 2 capsules each. Again, do this 3 times per day on an empty stomach.
Week 3: Maintain the black walnut hull consumption. Increase the wormwood and clove dosage to 3 capsules each. Take 3 times per day as above.
It’s important to continue for three weeks in order to kill all eggs that have not hatched as yet.
One of the symptoms I often notice: eyesight improves within 24 hours.
Note: if any stomach cramps are felt, I reduce the clove dosage to two capsules per day in week one, increasing to 3 during week two and then 6 during week three.
I take this cleanse once every six months.
The herb wormwood (Artemesia annua) has been used for centuries as a herbal remedy for intestinal parasites – hence its name. Preliminary research suggests wormwood may have activity against Ascaris lumbricoides, Plasmodium, Schistosoma mansoni, and Giardia (all types of parasite). Wormwood contains sesquiterpene lactones, which are thought to weaken parasite membranes.
Wormwood can be found in tea, liquid extract, or capsule form. The pure oil is considered toxic and should not be ingested. The safety and effectiveness of this herb has not been established in clinical trials.
Black walnut is a folk herbal remedy used for ringworm and athlete’s foot. The juice of unripe hulls of black walnut that are used for parasites and fungal infections. There have been no clinical studies on the effectiveness or safety of black walnut for intestinal parasites.
Wormseed (Chenopodium ambrosioides) is a traditional herbal remedy in the tropics for expelling roundworms, hookworms, and tapeworms. As with wormwood, wormseed oil is too potent to use, so many herbalists consider wormseed tea to be preferable.
More scientific studies are needed to confirm the historical usage of this herb and its safety. All I can tell you is that it works for me.
Please be aware that this cleanse can have physical effects such as headache, stomach cramps and other detox reactions.
As always, remember that herbal remedies are medicines and can have an effect on the body. You should always consult with your doctor before taking any course of treatment and this is particularly important if you suffer from a medical condition.